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Alter, Elizabeth

Alter, Elizabeth

Assistant Professor
Biology
Areas of Expertise:
  • Evolutionary genetics
  • Marine biology
  • Vertebrate biology and ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Environmental DNA
My research uses molecular phylogenetic methods to understand the evolutionary histories of species and populations, particularly in the marine environment. This work examines the genetic vestiges left by past environmental and ecological conditions and is integrative in nature, drawing from evolutionary genetics, phylogenomics and population modeling. Previous work focused on reconstructing evolutionary history in marine mammals, including developing a novel method for estimating the molecular clock for the hypervariable mammalian control region. A new line of research is concerned with environmental metagenomics and environmental DNA to aid ecosystem management and conservation efforts.
Education:
Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Stanford University  Biological Sciences  2008 
MA  University of California, Berkeley  Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management  2002 
BA  Yale University  Organismal Biology and Anthropology  1997